The choice of recreating Terreiro do Paço (“Royal Palace Square”) is based mainly because of its historical significance – most “major crisis” in Portugal were associated, in one form or another, with this immense plaza (20,000 sq. m) opening on the river Tagus (the largest fluvial plaza in the world) – commerce, earthquakes, and revolutions played their acts here – as well as a cultural tradition in the past 20 years, which have brought rock festivals and other types of artistic expression to the Terreiro do Paço.
Besides the building itself, the proposal envisions the animation of Terreiro do Paço, in the form of events and a “living museum”, depicting several facets of Portuguese culture and history. Some of them will be clichéd, some will be more “realistic”, all of them will be great fun!
Most European capitals and major cities are strongly influenced by late 19th-century “boulevard” urbanistic planning – starting with Paris, but later present in almost every city. This was perhaps the last stage of European city redesign (except perhaps for the 1950’s reconstruction of zones destroyed by WWII bombing), where almost all antique structures have been razed down, and new streets (“avenues” or “boulevards”) created from scratch to adapt cities to the much larger traffic, and also bring elements of greenery to the streets (beyond the parks). This was also a phase where the old city grids established in the Middle Ages – small streets that crossed each other without order – almost disappeared, and Renaissance or Baroque elements (large plazas with fountains and statues) where integrated into the new avenues.| ← Previous | | | Next → |